Thursday, March 31, 2011

Half Price Books Review and Giveaway!



Hi Neighbors!

If your family reads books, the way my family reads books, I want to introduce you to this super, great store we know about. It is called Half Price Books. We look for them wherever we go, and since every thing is bigger and better in Texas, guess what we found! Loads of Half Price Books! The first Half Price Books was opened in 1972 by Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson with 2,000 books from their own collections in a converted laundromat in Dallas, Texas. Their idea was to offer a great product at a great price. Believe me when I tell you it caught on! There are now Half Price Stores in 16 states. They carry anything printed or recorded, except as they say, yesterdays newspaper. They have records, cds, cassette tapes, video tapes, dvds, books (both hardcover and paperback), booklets, pamphlets, magazines, etc. They do have an online store where you can browse and order, but if you are like me, it is more fun going to the store and browsing through the books. You know, sort of treasure hunting. It is exciting when you find that special book.

Most used books are half the cover price, unless they are collectibles. The nice thing though is the longer they are there, they eventually get marked down. Of course our personal favorite is their clearance corner where books are often $1, $2, and $3. We have also found some children's books as low as 25-50 cents each. Recent magazines are half price and then older ones are .50-$1.00. I don't think we ever left one without purchasing something. Which is why on this trip we brought 6 large bins of books to turn in, which they either give you credit towards your purchases or as cash. I am really hoping we go back with less than we brought! We have to go back through Dallas and since their stock changes daily, we will probably end up with more books.

One of the Half Price Books we visited was located at 711 N. Hwy 67 in Cedar Hill, Texas, where I met the manager Doug Wise. He was kind enough to donate a $10 Gift Card for a giveaway to the readers here. You can see in the picture at the top of the post my son and daughter entering the store. They often race each other to get to the clearance section first!


Outside the store were several carts, like the one in the picture above, with marked down books.

Here my son, husband and another customer are looking for books in the clearance section.

In the above picture you can see my daughter in a portion of their children's section. Yes, I said a portion!

This is a picture of a section of their books on pets. Anything from pocket pets to dogs and cats, even livestock.

And this is an up close of some of their children's collectible books.

We always check their collectible books. We love the old Christian books and I have a favorite author who wrote under the pen name of Pansy, so I am always trying to find more of her books.

This store had some of the nicest employees! They were very helpful. Including, providing a map and directions to the other stores in the area. There are 13 nearby stores listed on the website! Each store has these maps available, so once you find one, you should have no trouble finding the other stores in the area. They are presently participating in the 13th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. They collect new and gently used books for local kids in need. For each book donated Half Price matches book for book. What a great way to give to the community!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a $10 Gift Card to Half Price Books.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Half Price website and using the locator, let me know if there is one near you. (There does not have to be one near you to win.) You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached, should you win. This giveaway will end 4/14 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

Extra Entries:

1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Follow me on Twitter, At the Fence. Leave a comment letting me know that you did/do. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

7. Leave a comment letting me know if you have ever been to a Half Price Bookstore before. 1 entry

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did not receive anything for review purposes. All quotes are from the Half Price Books website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

97 comments:

Joshlin said...

None anywhere close to me. That's why they are online right!

Joshlin said...

I'm a neighbor!

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I follow on twitter! (savingmomsanity)

Joshlin said...

I have never been to a Half Price Book store. I would love to visit one though!

theladya said...

There is not a Half Price Books near me though I wish there were! abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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I have never been to a Half Price Book Store before. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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Susan said...

I live near the main one on Northwest Highway in Dallas. I thought it was the original store, but didn't realize it was in a converted laundromat first!

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Susan said...

I go to HPB regularly to buy books, but sold books to them for the first time about a month ago.

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kerismommy said...

There is not a Half Price Books near me..I wish there were
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I'm an email subscriber
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Crystal said...

Yes,i was just at one yesterday! It was the first time in almost a year but i always find some treasures!! This time i got a flower press/book that came with scissors,paint brush and tweezers for $3...cute!!

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scottsgal said...

there is 1 16 miles from me
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No I have never been to this store
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sohamolina said...

There is not one near me.

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Joshlin said...

I blogged about this giveaway at http://asavingmomssanity.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaway-saturday.html
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sohamolina said...

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Sarah Sonnier said...

Yes! There's one in Milwaukee. :-)
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lindsays lovely candles said...

theres none near me but if i win ill go to the one in everett, near my parents, love half price books, great giveaway! :)

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yes i have been to half price books many times, love it! :)

Charity said...

There is one where we visit up north in Chicago:) Would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thanks!

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Charity said...

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Charity said...

Yes I have been to lots of them:)

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Anonymous said...

We LOVE Half Price Books :-)
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ellie said...

Yes, there is one within just a little over 1 mile from me. I love it!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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ellie said...

I've been to Half Price Books lots of times!
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Kristen said...

Yes, there's one sorta near me.

Kristen said...

I follow on GFC.

Kristen said...

Yes, I've been to Half Price Books before.

Anne said...

Yes, there is one about 30 miles from us.
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I get your emails
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Anne said...

Yes, I have been to abunch of them
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Anonymous said...

I have none near my boy I sure wish I did

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Charity said...

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Anonymous said...

The closest one to me is Cedar Rapids, IA. About 2 hours away. Please enter me. Thanks so much!

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Jessica said...

There for sure is one near me. Was there a couple weeks ago. Time for another visit maybe :)

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Jessica said...

Well I guess my previous comment gave it away but yes I have been to a half price book store before and I love them.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to win this.
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sohamolina said...

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Tabathia said...

there isn't one near me
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Haydensmommy05 said...

There is one about 10 mis from me!
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PaperbackGoddess said...

I live close to the Humble, Texas location, and visit it whenever I can!
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I blogged about your contest at http://paperbackgoddess.blogspot.com/2011/04/win-gift-card-to-half-price-books.html
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PaperbackGoddess said...

I commented on your site2you review! And, as already mentioned, I have been to Half Price Books before. I try to go every time I am on that side of town and I have the spare time to do so. I love it there!
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sohamolina said...

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Shelly said...

one in Phoenix near me

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Shelly said...

used to go often when I lived in Texas

coriwestphal said...

I have a Half Price Books about a half hour from me. Totally worth the drive!

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I check out Half Price books a couple times a year. I've even brought in some books for a trade in!

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Shelly said...

4/13 http://twitter.com/#!/phxbne/status/58248724224282624

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